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The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care by [Volandes, Angelo E.]
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A timely book, written with sensitivity, on a subject which pertains to every single human being and family in the world today. (Richard Selzer, MD, author of MORTAL LESSONS)

For too long, a conspiracy of silence has stood between Americans and the quality care they need, want, and deserve. The Conversation could change all that. Good quality care requires that the treatments are consistent with the values, preferences, and priorities of the people we serve. Now, through the stories in The Conversation, Dr. Volandes shows how skillful communication can make the best of even the hardest situations. (Ira Byock, MD, professor, Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine; Chief Medical Officer, The Institute for Human Caring; author of THE BEST CARE POSSIBLE and DYING WELL)

My encounter with Dr. Angelo Volandes changed the way I think about life's most precious weeks and hours, and gave me hope for a better future. Your encounter with this passionate humanitarian and the heartbreaking, inspiring stories he tells will affect you the same way. (Jonathan Rauch, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution)

Through seven stories of seven patients, Angelo Volandes movingly and evocatively tells the tale of how American healthcare does death wrong, often with tragic consequences, and how we can do it right. This is a book about how to live life as well as possible right up until the end, and it should be required reading for anyone who is mortal. (Shannon Brownlee, author of OVERTREATED)

Part memoir, part tales from the trenches, part guide, The Conversation shows how medicine fails patients with serious illness, then offers a different, better approach to improve not only how we die but--more importantly--how we live. (Louise Aronson, MD, Director, Northern California Geriatrics Education Center and UCSF Medical Humanities)

Volandes has done more than anyone to translate the incomprehensible and the unimaginable into clear visual terms for real human beings trying to decide how they want to be cared for in the future. (Diane Meier, MD, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care; Professor of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine)

Worth the price of the book alone is Volandes' easy-to-follow guide for determining and making known one's end-of-life wishes. (Booklist)

Written with passion and clarity, this book moves beyond others on the topic by including empirical evidence of how to make such conversations about end-of-life care most effective. (Library Journal)

Appropriately, Volandes neither attempts nor claims to be impersonal or unemotional about this charged topic; rather, he brings his personal and professional experiences as well as research to his impassioned argument . . .[He]makes his points succinctly and convincingly and offers readers the tools to make change within their own lives. (Shelf Awareness)

A thoughtful and thought provoking book that confronts the fear of death with the grace of wisdom and understanding. (Spiritualty and Health)

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In this "enlightening" (Jane Brody, New York Times) book, Harvard Medical School physician Angelo E. Volandes offers a solution to traumatic end-of-life care: talking, medicine's oldest and least technological tool in the proverbial black bag.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 571 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (13 January 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PQN8JU4
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #586,554 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 starsVolandes Offers Solid Advice for Families Facing End-of-Life Issues
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5.0 out of 5 starsVery Simple, Very Useful, Required Reading For Seniors
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5.0 out of 5 starsWant to tranform healthcare? Read this book.
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Laurie Geary
5.0 out of 5 starsI'm so glad Angelo has written this book
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